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|Jewelry Type:||Fine Jewelry||Style:||Elegant|
|Pendant Bale:||Slide||Chain Size:||1mm|
|Chain Length:||16-18 Inch||Occation:||Office|
Fashion 18K Gold Slide Pendant Necklace Fine Jewelry For Women
18K gold is 75.0% gold and is recommended for fine jewelry. 18K gold is more expensive than 14K gold and the color is a brighter, richer yellow color than 14K gold. The other 25% is made up of other metals such as silver, copper, and zinc. Since 18K gold has a higher gold content than 14K gold (75% vs. 58.3%), it is a softer metal and is not as durable as a 14K gold piece. For jewelry that gets banged around a lot in daily use, like a ring or bracelet, 14K gold may be preferable for its hardness. However, with proper care, 18K gold is strong enough to be used for any piece of jewelry.
What Are the Marks for 18 Kt Gold?
Gold jewelry is often stamped with certain marks that provide information on its purity. These marks help the consumer to determine the value and authenticity of a piece of jewelry. Most jewelry has at least one mark designating its gold content. Consumers wanting to purchase 18 karat jewelry should look for one of three marks.
18K or 18Kt
Karat refers to how much gold is in a particular item. Gold jewelry can range from 24K to 10K; 24K is 100 percent pure gold while 10K is 41.6 percent pure gold. A piece of jewelry stamped 18K means that it is 75 percent pure gold. While 24K is 100 percent pure gold, it is actually not the most desirable mark in jewelry, because pure gold is too soft. To increase durability and hardness, the gold needs to be mixed with other metals such as silver, nickel, copper, zinc and palladium. Other variations of 18K are 18 Karat, 18 Kt, 18 Karat Gold, 18 K. Gold and 18 Kt. Gold.
The 18K mark is used in the U.S. and Japan. In Europe, 18 karat gold is marked 750, in reference to it being 75 percent pure. Under the percentage system, 10 karat gold is marked 417, 14 karat is marked 583, 22 karat is marked 916, and 24 karat is marked 100. Both the karat and percentage marks are widely used in other parts of the world.